Getting Ready For Winter

FirewoodAfter recovering from Halloween I have decided that it is time to get ready for winter!  Many people do not like Winter, but I do!  I would much rather be cold than be hot.  When you are hot there is no escaping it.  In the Winter you can always put on more clothes to keep warm. 🙂

Any other year I would stock up on firewood, sweep the chimney, clean out the shed, service the lawn mower, rake the yard, put up all of the patio furniture, clean up the flower beds, clean out the gutters, get out the snow shovel, buy some rock salt for the driveway and sidewalks, and sit back and wait for the snow!

Is there anything else I need to do because I am a Dad now?  I mean, almost every other thing in my life has changed ever so slightly since Ace was born.

This summer was tough on me because I am an outdoors person, and I had to sit inside with Ace on the weekends when Momma was working.  Instead of mowing in the morning I had to wait until the evening.  Instead of sitting outside on the deck with the dog I sat in the couch with the dog and Ace.  There were tons of weeds in the flower beds because I just didn’t have time to pull them.  Things just didn’t get done around he house like they used to.

How will things be this Winter?  There is not a lot to do outside in the Winter other than shoveling snow, spreading salt, carrying firewood.  However last winter I spent a lot of time working in the house.  Our basement was considered a “finished” basement, but was far from what we considered finished.  So I spent a lot of time tearing down the paneling, the ceiling, patching the cement walls, peeling up the tile on the floors.  I pretty much demolished the basement last year.  This Winter my goal is to rebuild it…but will I have time?  Been doing some research about water powered backup sump pumps, and considering installing one.  Having a water powered sump pump can help avoid flooding of the basement when there is no power to run the electric one.  I also demolished the upstairs bathroom a few weeks ago…will it get finished?

Either way, the basement and bathroom are not going anywhere.  They will still be there next Winter.  I’m just going to enjoy Ace’s first Winter and do my best to make sure that he does too!  If I have some spare time…maybe, just maybe, some progress will be made on the basement and bathroom. 😉


  1. I’m loving these chilly mornings where I can put sweaters on the kids and make some biscuits so that the oven heats up with living space. However, I will not miss the winter of Buffalo, NY (aka Snow Central, USA).
    We live in northern GA so we have the chance of snow. I can’t wait to see if that happens. And, I can’t wait to snuggle up in front of our new fireplace!

    Have a great day, Jared!

  2. Chuck says:

    I dig the winter too. The cold does something to rejuvenate me. Good stuff. Hey, It sounds like you and I have the same illness when it comes to finishing projects. Your wife deserves a medal if she lets the basement and bathroom wait until next winter. 🙂

  3. BusyDad says:

    Home projects and kids… something’s gotta give. If my own home is any indication, you better start loving your bathroom just the way it is! 🙂

  4. Jared says:

    @Secret Agent Momma: Yeah I agree…Buffalo has a bit too much snow for me as well. Northern GA is nice…enjoy your fireplace! I just got mine fired up yesterday. 🙂

    @Chuck: I have to finish the bathroom here very soon. We have two bathrooms, but the downstairs one only has a shower. The one that I am remodeling is upstairs and has a tub. The only thing left in the upstairs bathroom right now is the floor, the ceiling, and the studs. Since we have no bathtub Ace has been taking baths in the sink and here pretty soon he won’t fit in the sink. Man I gotta get busy…

    @BusyDad: See my reply to Chuck. The bathroom is very un-lovable at the moment…Ace might learn how to do drywall at a very young age. 🙂

  5. Mike says:

    Alas, a new member to the Procrastinators Club. I’ve got several projects of varying complexity on hold at the moment. I fully intend on completing them…..someday.

    Like my mother always told me “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” Doesn’t that just make you want to do more?

    I’m an islander by birth, so by default don’t like winter much. I did, however, spend 4 years in Alaska and worked outdoors at 60 below. Hmmmm, maybe that’s why I don’t like winter.

  6. Jared says:

    @Mike: Yup I’m a full fledged member. However I think I’m going to lose my membership to the Sexually Active Club if I don’t quit the Procrastinators Club… 🙂

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